FAIRFAX (CBS SF) — Only eight percent of 18 to 24-year olds voted in the last election, but a Fairfax town councilman is hoping that lowering the voting age to 16 will help entice young voters to the polls.
Fairfax Councilmember David Weinsoff and a colleague started the process of lowering the voting age in the West Marin County town.READ MORE: COVID: Certain California Prison Guards Must Be Vaccinated, Judge Rules
“As Ed Kennedy said back in the 1970’s, we’ve got to bring them into the democratic process,” Weinsoff said.READ MORE: 2-Alarm Fire Burns Commercial Structure in San Jose
Sacramento would have to go along with the plan if the town moves forward with it. The age change would bring just a couple hundred new voters onto the rolls in a town of about 5,000.
Teenagers in Fairfax had their own ideas about how they would utilize their votes.MORE NEWS: Alameda County Supervisors Could Decide the Future of the Oakland A's in Meeting Next Tuesday
“I’d like to see a skatepark in Fairfax,” one teen said. “Prop 215. Legalization of marijuana,” another teen said.